Aug 12th 2021 | Posted in Public-Private Partnerships (P3) by Government Contracting Pipeline

Arkansas – Members of the Pope County Quorum Court are considering a public-private partnership (P3) to fund the construction of a new justice complex.

Pope County detention center

Recent state legislation has cleared the way for P3 alternatives to be more viable in Arkansas, which prompted a private firm to suggest a partnership to the court, the county judge said.

In March 2020, voters defeated a bond initiative that would have allowed the county to use casino revenues to fund the construction of a new jail.
Under that proposal, the complex would have included a new sheriff’s department and 400-person detention center. In addition, the facility would have included a 911 center, emergency operations center, and two new Circuit Courts along with a coroner facility.